John M Zenir - March 2020

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March 2020

A Lifetime of Reading And the Value It Brings Me

I was surprised to learn that March has a lot of smaller holidays dedicated to reading, such as World Book Day, Read Across America Day, and even Read an e-Book Week. But when I really thought about it, I realized I shouldn’t be surprised at all. Reading is a wonderful thing, and even though we shouldn’t need proclaimed holidays to appreciate it, they certainly help! For me, reading is a major form of recreation. And like most things that I really enjoy, I never seem to have enough time to indulge as I want. I still remember when I was six years old and finally allowed to have my own library card. I was so excited to check books out myself that when I got to the library, I was overwhelmed with choices and couldn’t make one! But a kind librarian helped me pick, and I walked away with just a single book on the Iroquis Native Americans. Over the years, I would end up reading every single book on Native Americans that my local library stocked, and then some. I’ve had a lifelong love for reading, and I was fortunate enough to have teachers in school who really brought topics to life and fostered engaging reading habits. That doesn’t happen often when it comes to mandatory school reading, so I appreciate those teachers immensely. These days, I do most of my reading in three genres: mystery, American history, and self-improvement. There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good mystery, or any good story for that matter. It’s an exciting escape from the everyday routines of life that actually boosts our productivity and creativity. But in the end, for me, it’s fun entertainment and a good time. I’m a fan of PI mysteries and legal mysteries in particular, and it’s always interesting to see the interplay between the criminal and justice systems,

you always have ways to improve upon what you do. What’s great about these kinds of books is that they’re so varied that they may teach you things about yourself that you hadn’t even thought to address in the first place. Reading is a powerful thing. We may each like different topics when it comes to the reading material we choose, but the important thing in the end is that we just keep reading. I firmly believe that what results from a habit of reading is a lifelong love of learning. What could be better than that?

lawyers included. Sometimes I disagree vehemently with the way books portray attorneys, but I’ll also admit that sometimes I don’t. That’s part of the beauty of reading. I also enjoy reading about American history. Real feats and triumphs can teach us so many lessons about how to live life, and these kinds of books instill me with pride. Case in point: I recently read a mind-blowing biography about Alexander Hamilton. Reading this book solidified the belief for me that Alexander Hamilton is the epitome of the American dream. His was a true rags-to-riches story: a poor immigrant who worked hard to become one of the greatest leaders of our country. Being able to read about fantastic history like this is truly inspiring in a way that a fun fictional story sometimes isn’t. And finally, I read self-improvement books for the very reason you would expect. I truly believe that no matter what you do, no matter where you are in life, there is always more to learn, and

-John M. Zenir

Joke of the Month Yesterday, a book fell on my head … Well, I only have my shelf to blame.

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